Study at a specialist college with the assurance of a university qualification. Develop your passions and reach your potential in a small, welcoming environment within a community of like-minded people. Why choose West Dean College of Arts and Conservation? An international reputation for excellence in conservation and arts education. 94% of students studying at the College* felt the programme had enhanced their skills and abilities (*2019 student survey) A rich arts environment and a focus on craft skills with vocational application. Be inspired by the unique historic character and beautiful South Downs setting. Located close to Chichester and the South Coast, with easy access to London. The Course The Foundation Degree in Historic Craft Practices is designed to give you well-rounded woodworking theory and skills that will enhance your employment prospects or allow you to continue your studies in higher education. Furniture making projects become more challenging as the course progresses and may incorporate your own designs. In the second year students may choose to continue to develop their furniture making and finishing proficiency or begin to develop basic skills in furniture restoration/conservation. You can expect To develop excellent practical skills To learn how material properties influence practice and making To learn historic metalwork techniques To learn from dedicated and experienced tutors who are practicing professionals and well-connected in the sector Learning environment Low student: tutor ratio Workshop access 8.30am-10pm, 7 days a week Interdisciplinary environment Visits from practicing crafts-persons and specialists from the heritage and private sectors Visits to museums and active links with heritage bodies Work placements and work-related projects Exceptional facilities You will work in our specialist furniture workshop which is equipped with a full range of power and hand tools and individual work spaces. Collaboration with other disciplines (e.g. metals and clocks) makes for a uniquely enriched learning environment. Facilities include: A dedicated finishing area Separate machine shop Analytical laboratory Photography space IT suite with specialist databases On-site Art and Conservation Library with thousands of specialist books and journals Teaching You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, external trips and visits and workshop practicals. In addition, you have personal tutorials with your subject tutor. At level 4 you typically have around 18-19 contact hours per week. At level 5 you typically have around 16-17 contact hours per week. Independent learning When not attending lectures, seminars and workshop or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Overall workload Level 4: 53% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 633 hours Independent learning: 567 hours Level 5: 50% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching and learning activity Scheduled teaching and learning: 600 hours Independent learning: 600 hours
HC-M1 Materials Technology: delivered in pathway workshop and cross-curricular, HC-D1 Drawing and Aesthetics, HC-R1 Study/Research Skills, HC-M2 Materials Technology (Metal/Wood): delivered in pathway workshop and cross-curricular, HC-H2 History of Craft, HC-C2M1/C/F/ME Craft Skills, HC-P3 Professional Skills incl. work placement, HC-R1 Study/Research Skills, HC-C1M1/C/ME Craft Skills, HC-P4 Professional Portfolio: student led. Modules correct at October 2019, they may be subject to change.
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|Campus name||West Dean College|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||Completion of a level 3 qualification, for example: A-Levels, BTEC or Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Applicants can be considered if they can provide evidence of prior learning with an appropriate portfolio of work. You will be invited to a Portfolio interview. International applicants should provide a digital portfolio, evidence of English language ability to Level B2 (IELTS 6.0), as well as equivalent level 3 qualifications.|
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Additional entry requirements
Applicants will be invited to a Portfolio interview. International applicants should provide a digital portfolio.
Applicants are to participate in a practical test day.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, or you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. International applicants should provide evidence of English language ability to Level B2 (IELTS 6.0).
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£12690||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£12690||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Funding opportunities are available to students applying to study at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and we encourage students to explore funding options. In 2019 up to 60% of students received bursary/scholarship support. For more information visit: https://www.westdean.org.uk/study/student-information/funding